Man hospitalized following apartment fire in Urbana
URBANA — A man was being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital on Wednesday night after he was hurt in an apartment fire in Urbana.
Nobody else was reported injured, according to Urbana Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger.
According to a fire department report, firefighters were called to a three-story apartment complex at 506 E. Michigan Avenue at 6:44 p.m.
“When we arrived, we found fire venting out of a first-floor apartment on the south side of the building,” Nightlinger said. “And the fire was moving up to the second and third floors by way of an outside balcony.”
Two people inside the apartment where the fire started were able to escape, but one of them was injured and taken to Carle for treatment for what the fire department described as non-life threatening injuries. No information on his condition was available Wednesday night.
Nightlinger said that all the other residents of the 18 apartments in the building were evacuated.
Many of them found shelter inside a bus provided by Carle, he said.
While Urbana firefighters had the fire under control by 6:54 p.m., there was so much damage to four of the apartments that those residents were not able to return to their homes Wednesday night.
In addition to the initial apartment where the fire started, one apartment had heat damage and two others had smoke damage, Nightlinger said.
He said volunteers from Support Services were working to find a place for those displaced by the fire to stay Wednesday night. Firefighters were checking out other adjacent apartments that night to check carbon-monoxide levels.
While firefighters were battling the blaze, a fire hydrant they were using broke and water that sprayed out onto Michigan Avenue and quickly iced up because of the cold weather.
A crew from Illinois American Water was on the scene Wednesday night to make repairs.
The owner of the property was listed as Campus Property Management.
Nightliner estimated total damage from to be at least $50,000. The cause of the fire was still under investigation on Wednesday night.